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Cristiano Ronaldo convinces Angel di Maria over Manchester United move

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Cristiano Ronaldo has helped convince Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria that Manchester United is the right club for him, according to reports.

The Daily Star claims that the Portuguese superstar's advice has been crucial to the Argentine opting for Old Trafford - despite the lack of Champions League football on offer at the club this season.

'The place to go'

Sky Sports' Spanish expert Guillem Balague has also thrown his weight behind the claims, suggesting that Di Maria did need convincing over the move following the Red Devils' disastrous season under David Moyes last season.

"Cristiano Ronaldo has played a huge part in the deal. He’s told his Real Madrid teammate that Manchester United is the place to go, that the club will get back to winning ways and that there’s plenty of money available," wrote Balague in his column.

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"Di Maria needed convincing and Cristiano Ronaldo helped out to make himself even more of a hero at Old Trafford."

British record deal

Whilst the winger's move to Manchester United is yet to be completed, Di Maria is expected to arrive at the 2012/13 Premier League champions sooner rather than later in a deal that will cost a British-record £63.9million.

Louis van Gaal has already splashed the cash significantly this summer, with Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera arriving for big fees and Marcos Rojo also joining the Dutchman's revolution at Old Trafford.

However, the results have not yet gone according to plan, with just one point from two games thus far domestically following a home defeat to Swansea and draw away at Sunderland on Sunday.

Di Maria's impact

Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, has started the La Liga season with a victory tonight (Monday), and after a clutch of big-money signings Real Madrid have the option to sell to make space for players like James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos.

Los Blancos' loss is the gain of Manchester United, and Van Gaal will be hoping that last season's Champions League final man of the match can make his mark instantly - potentially against Burnley at the weekend.

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Real Madrid
Manchester United
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La Liga
Cristiano Ronaldo
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